It’s true, we live in a time when things that appear on video screens get more attention than things that appear written on a page. Even so, there is still nothing better at the end of a long day, or the beginning of a long weekend, than to curl up with a good book.
Here, we gathered up the most beautiful home libraries from our archives to inspire your own literary retreat. See how to create home library shelving that puts your favorite books on display for a space that’s well-designed and well-read.
CLASSIC STYLE SHELVING
Like any room in your home, much of the feeling and style of your library will be determined by the furniture you put in. If you want to add a dash of elegance to your book area, start with something simple like a few classic chairs.
BLUE AND BROWN
This space offers a beautiful look at what can happen with even a simple combination of blue and brown. The mix of warm and cool colors in this space strikes a perfect tone of balance.
If your book collection isn’t quite enough to take up every inch of shelf space that you have allocated, it’s OK to donate space to other items you have that are in need of a permanent home.
A home office is a perfect spot to pick for a home library. Even if every book on the shelf isn’t dedicated to business, it’s a wonderful place for a bit of peace while you’re reading.
WRAP AROUND SHELVING
For the book lover extraordinaire, this wrap-around bookshelf is a dream come true. When putting together storage for a very large number of books, white is a good choice of color to keep everything looking clean and modern.
The doorway is surrounded by bookshelves, with a sliding ladder providing access to shelves toward the top of the vaulted ceiling. The bookshelves provide efficient storage and a beautiful architectural detail.
FLOOR TO CEILING SHELVES
If your collection of books is sufficiently colorful, you can build your bookshelves from floor to ceiling, using your library as a kind of makeshift wallpaper.
Comfort is king when you’re slipping away into the world of words, so if you’ve got the space, building a reading nook into your shelving is a natural choice and a great way to save space.
POPS OF COLOR
Decorate your home library with as much life and vibrancy in the furniture, rugs, and textiles as you would like any other room in your home and you’re guaranteed to have a library space you’re going to love.
A library can be an ideal complement to classic architectural moments in your home. A luxury feature of fine homes for centuries, it’s a great way to make the most out of some of your home’s most interesting areas.
Whatever your pleasure, make sure your space has a cozy ambiance. Be sure to have comfortable and relaxed seating and consider a throw for those cool nights that you want to snuggle up with a good book. Enjoy the inspiration and don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite!
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